Nesho Recommended to Pat by: One wonders what all the fuss was about. I do highly recommend this book. Some of this is because the myths Olson chooses to debunk are similar. Apr 16, Janelle Zeeb rated it liked it Shelves: For those interested, I continue this review here amd make some heavy critical comments. Roger E.
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Nesho Recommended to Pat by: One wonders what all the fuss was about. I do highly recommend this book. Some of this is because the myths Olson chooses to debunk are similar. Apr 16, Janelle Zeeb rated it liked it Shelves: For those interested, I continue this review here amd make some heavy critical comments.
Roger E. So, some of the things said against Arminians were meant as logical conclusions from their position. Olson winsomely defends Arminianism from frequent criticisms leveled at it by opponents mostly Calvinists. All in all, Olson does a pretty good job giving a defense of Arminianism from a historical perspective; however, he does not make very many biblical arguments for Arminianism — at least not in this book. The purpose of this book is not so much to convince the reader that Arminianism is the truth.
This desire should resonate with all readers. Roger Olson debunks 10 myths about Arminianism which are often put forward by Calvinists or even Arminians who do not know any better.
This book, however, was a breath of fresh air in many respects. I for one was persuaded, and have found this book to be both very timely and hugely influential in my spiritual journey. Most Classical Arminians fall into this mistake. I did feel he was a bit condescending at times towards Calvinists, but perhaps this is justified by what he takes to be hundreds of years of misrepresentations and hurtful comments directed towards his theological niche.
I was not required to write a positive review. Dec 22, Grant Robertson rated it it was amazing. This single issue seems to provide all of the material he uses despite admitting in a footnote that Horton has since changed his position on Evangelical Arminianism.
This book provides a predominantly historical perspective on Arminian theology with livrk treat Olson provides an in-depth description of Arminianism that is miitos, but is not written at the pop-culture level. No trivia or quizzes yet. But, if some people have given the impression that Arminians deny salvation by grace alone in any sensethey should be corrected. The historical research in this book is outstanding.
This attempt to provide clarification to Arminian theology is separated by 10 myths commonplace within the overall conversation among Calvinists and Arminians.
The academic nature of this book did grate sometimes — I found myself skimming portions of the book where it arminianaa the views of a seemingly interminable number of Arminian theologians. I was somewhat surprised to see in the classical sense, just how close Calvinism and Arminianism really are to one another. What Olson does really well in this book is presenting a clear and careful treatment of classical Arminian theology, beginning with Arminius himself, and working through the ages by referring to other classical Arminians such as Wesley, Miley, Wiley, Summers and Oden.
I am so glad that my initial thoughts were proven wrong. Olson As a lay student of theology, and as a future seminary student, I found this book very enlightening and helpful in my own journey of faith. This is especially true for Calvinists who engage in theological dialog with Arminians on the internet or at the workplace or at school. This explanation is found in the William Lane Craig quote that Olson cited prior to making the assertion that Molinism makes free will impossible.
This reality has unfortunately brought about a countless number of myths and misunderstandings on both sides of the discussion. I think Olson intended it to be such. Many other Arminians have followed suit. There are, of course, some shortcomings. For example, the final myth Olson repudiates is that Arminian theology is wedded to the governmental theory of atonement rather than a penal substitutionary one.
Frequently Olson responds to charges by claiming that Arminians have said the opposite. Overall my understanding of Arminian theology has been greatly strengthened and this title is well worth getting hold of for anyone seeking to engage with Arminian theology.
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